A good light meter is a good thing.

I prefer to take a light reading and let the film do its work. Edward Weston was one of the greats (read as Gods) of photography. Now I will admit to using the "sunny 16" rule but only after making sure it is the thing to use. So, I agree with the statement above. One of the other posters said he has started to go meterless so he can learn more. I ask what is there to learn when you blow the shot because the meter is at home. Bracket? Well, I guess but maybe you are so far off that even 2 each side of your decision could result in NO exposures. Take the meter your film will thank you.